food for the brain

Championing optimum nutrition for the mind

Our Experts

David Smith updatedProfessor David Smith Faculty of Medical Science Deputy Head, Division of Medical Sciences. Professorial Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall. Professor Smith has spent his entire academic career at the University of Oxford and has held the Chair of Pharmacology since 1984. In 1985 the Medical Research Council appointed him Honorary Director of the newly established Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit in Oxford, which has pioneered ways of studying neural networks in the brain. In 1988 he established the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) – a clinicopathological longitudinal study. Alzheimer’s disease remains his main research interest today and he was the first Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, UK.


Dr James Braly MD has specialised in alternative and nutritional treatments for numerous chronic conditions, including addiction, for 30 years and is currently researching nutritional approaches for addiction. Dr Braly has authored many books including Dr Braly’s Food Allergy and Nutrition Revolution, Dangerous Grains, The H Factor and Hidden Food Allergies. He has helped establish nutritional treatments in many medical clinics and treatment centres in the US. Working with David and Merlene Miller, James Braly has pioneered and developed highly effective nutritional therapy for addiction. He conducted the first semi-quantitative study of efficacy and safety of intravenous and oral nutritional therapy for recovering alcoholics. He introduced and popularised testing for and treating hidden (IgG) food allergies, the concept of leaky gut syndrome and the importance of lowering homocysteine – factors that affect many people recovering from serious addictions. For several years he has focused exclusively on helping those with some of the worst addictions, who have struggled to become and stay drug-free or sober.


Dr David Miller PhD has worked in the addiction field for 30 years. He was associate professor of addiction studies at Graceland University in Missouri, where he was on the faculty for eight years. Before that he taught addiction studies at Park University in Missouri for 11 years. Over the last 30 years David has practiced addiction counselling in private practice, in an intensive outpatient treatment programme, in a detoxification programme, in a family intervention practice and in a food addiction programme. He has also acted as consultant to numerous treatment centres. The focus of his work and research has been on finding effective treatment methods to aid those for whom traditional treatment has not worked. Several years ago David met Dr James Braly, who has improved and refined nutritional therapy. Dr Braly, David and his wife Merlene have worked as a team committed to furthering this work. Merlene, an expert in addiction and a skilled writer and communicator, also contributed greatly to the writing of this book.


Assoc. Professor Martha Morris (ScD) is an Associate Professor at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging and the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. She is the organizing chairperson of the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging 2006 Symposium on Nutrition and Alzheimer's Disease/ Cognitive Decline, Chicago, USA. Dr. Morris is one of the pioneers in research on dietary risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cognitive change with aging. She has published findings on the relation of antioxidant nutrients, dietary fats, and the B-vitamins to these conditions.


Dr Abram Hoffer MD, PhD A member of the Scientific Advisory Board before his death in 2009.  He was former psychiatric research director for Saskatchewan Canada, and president of the Canadian Schizophrenia Foundation, with fifty years experience treating over 4,000 people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since 1955 he published 19 books and 600 papers in medical journals.


2Professor Helga Refsum MD PhD is Professor of Nutrition University of Oslo and visiting Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Oxford. She has pioneered research into homocysteine and related B vitamins for the past 20 years. She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Refsum’s focus of research today is the relation of B vitamins with aging. Her work is supported by the Alzheimer’s Research Trust UK.


Professor Philip Cowen Psychopharmocology Research Unit, Warneford Hospital. Philip Cowen is Professor of Psychopharmacology and MRC Clinical Scientist at the University of Oxford. His research and clinical interests are in the biochemistry and treatment of mood disorders, and particularly the pharmacological management of resistant depression. He also has an interest in the use nutritional interventions such as folic acid to prevent mood disorders in those at increased risk.


Professor Peter Ryan Professor of Mental Health at Middlesex University, UK, and was previously Head of Training at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. He is Chair of ENTER Mental Health, a European research and training network, and has been a WHO Europe consultant in mental health since 2006. He has published five books, most recently Empowerment, Lifelong Learning and Recovery in Mental Health and Occupational Stress and the Management of Violence.